Six Knights Earn VaSID Academic All-State Honors

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced Friday the 2018-19 VaSID Academic All-State honors with six Southern Virginia University Knights earning recognition.

A total of 197 student-athletes and 33 colleges and universities are represented in this year's VaSID Academic All-State teams. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be in their sophomore year or higher.

The female athletes who received honors were women's volleyball Allison Tiegs, women's tennis Lauren Morrison and women's soccer McCall Jensen.

Tiegs, wrapped up her senior season with the Knights finishing second on the team in kills (202) and third in kills per set (2.35), hitting percentage (.159), and blocks per set (0.60), helping the team to a 15-10 overall record. She graduated this past May with her degree in business.

Morrison also capped off her senior year with a 12-2 overall record in singles while posting a 13-5 record in doubles leading the Knights to the program's most wins in the Division III era. She graduated this spring with her degree in biochemistry.

Jensen was key in the women's soccer team's success as the team battled countless injuries. She finished the season third on the team in goals (3), assists (2) and points (8). She is currently majoring in biochemistry.

The male athletes who received honors were, football's John Mellor, wrestling's Alex Brunner and men's cross country's Michael Myers.

Mellor graduated this spring after receiving his degree in biochemistry. He recently became a member of the 2019 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society following his performance on the field as well as in the classroom. He recorded 21 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss in his final season with the Knights.

Brunner made Knight wrestling history after he was named an NWCA Academic All-American. The computer science major anchored the Knights on the mat, setting a new program single-season record since joining Division III with 30 wins.

Myers became the men's cross country program's first athlete to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors. Myers placed sixth at the Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships earning All-CAC First Team honors while leading Southern Virginia to their highest conference finish in program history. He then added the highest finish by a Knight at the South/Southeast Region Championships finishing 16th.